William Ruto has lamented the persistent disrespect of the judiciary and the disobeying of court orders by state officers. Ruto said disobeying legally issued court orders is a recipe for a chaos and anarchy – a path that they will not allow the Jubilee government to take. Insisting that Jubilee governor respects the constitution and the rule of law, Ruto warned state officers disobeying court orders that they will take personal responsibility in the fullness of time.
Ruto’s remarks were directed at Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his PS Karanja Kibicho who allegedly issued orders stopping the release of Moses Kuria despite his lawyers obtaining a valid court order.
” There are nothing like orders from above. Executive orders are issued in writing. I want to warn officers disobeying court orders that they will pay dearly in the fullness of time. Court orders are not just a piece of paper you can decide whether to obey or disregard”, he said.
According to Moses Kuria’s lawyers, frantic efforts to release their client were futile despite obtaining a valid and verified court on Friday. According to a credible source, the OCS Kilimani Police Station informed Interior PS Karanja Kibicho of the court order to release Kuria but the the PS repremanded the OCS to thrash it. “What are court orders, that’s just a piece of paper. Flash it in the toilet”, Kibicho is believed to have said.
The government has also been on the spotlight for disobeying countless court orders allowing for Miguna Miguna’s unconditional return. Miguna has time and again said Raila Odinga fears him and his behind his botched return but recently at a function in Kisii, Raila moved to dissuade those allegations saying he doesn’t fear the NRM general and he will ask Uhuru Kenyatta to allow him back.
Uhuru Kenyatta has come under criticism from advocates and the public over what they termed blatant disregard of court orders. Coupled with severe budget cuts that has hampered the Judiciary, government critics believe it’s a well choreographed script to crippled the Judiciary. This has prompted the Chief Justice David Maraga to publicly lament the continued disrespect of the institution of justice.